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Fostering memoirs

An Innocent Baby – Published September 2021

AN INNOCENT BABY

AN INNOCENT BABY

Published September 2021 Amazon UK Amazon US When I was asked to foster Darcy-May, a two-day old baby, I immediately teared up. She was coming to me straight from hospital and would have no contact with her teenage mother, Haylea. Even more worrying, she would arrive...

A LIFE LOST

A LIFE LOST

No 1 UK bestseller!  BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US What could I possibly say to a mother who’d recently lost her husband and son in tragic circumstances? I thought, as I drove to meet her for the first time. I’d no idea. As if the poor woman didn’t have enough to...

A TERRIBLE SECRET

A TERRIBLE SECRET

No 1 UK bestseller! BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US Tilly, aged 14, was very angry with her parents. Her step-father, Dave, abused her mother, but she wouldn’t leave him. Unable to cope with their fighting any longer and fearing for her own safety Tilly placed...

TOO SCARED TO TELL

TOO SCARED TO TELL

A True Story UK  Top Ten Bestseller BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US I knew from the start Oskar, age 6, had secrets. He was brought into foster care when his mother left him with ‘friends’ while she went abroad. He was arriving in school hungry, unwashed, and with...

INNOCENT

INNOCENT

A True Story Top Ten Bestseller BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US The children’s parents were utterly distraught when little Kit, 18 months old, and his sister, Molly, 3 years, were brought into care as a result of suspected non-accidental injuries.  One or both of...

FINDING STEVIE

FINDING STEVIE

A True Story Top Ten Bestseller! BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US When Stevie’s social worker told me Stevie was gender fluid I wasn’t sure what that term meant and looked it up on the internet. Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, had been brought...

WHERE HAS MUMMY GONE?

WHERE HAS MUMMY GONE?

BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US No. 3 in the UK bestseller charts! When I was asked to foster Melody, aged eight, I was sure I’d heard it all before. Melody was the last of five siblings to be taken into care. Her single mother was a long term intravenous drug user...

A LONG WAY FROM HOME

A LONG WAY FROM HOME

BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US Number 1 UK bestseller! Many of us are aware of the shocking conditions that exist in state run orphanages in some developing countries, but nothing could have prepared me for hearing about it first hand. Elaine and Ian followed the...

CRUEL TO BE KIND

CRUEL TO BE KIND

No 2 Bestseller 11 Weeks in the Top Ten BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US Fostering 6 year old Max got off to a bad start when his mother telephoned me with threats and complaints even before he’d moved in. I hoped our relationship would improve with time. She was in...

NOBODY’S SON

NOBODY’S SON

No 1 Bestseller BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US When I was asked to foster little Alex, aged 7, my immediate reaction was: Why can’t he stay with his present carers for the last month? He’d already had many moves since coming into care as a toddler and he’d only be...

CUT

CUT

TOP TEN BEST SELLER BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US With little background information on Dawn I was rather left to get on with it. However, it soon became clear that Dawn's polite and sweet nature concealed a terrible past. So terrible that she was haunted by night...

DADDY’S LITTLE PRINCESS

DADDY’S LITTLE PRINCESS

No 3 in the bestseller charts!, 7 weeks in the top ten! BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US A True Story Fostering little Beth, aged 7, appeared to be straightforward to begin with. She was a sweet-natured child who seemed to have been well looked after by her father, a...

THE NIGHT THE ANGELS CAME

THE NIGHT THE ANGELS CAME

TOP TEN BEST SELLER A True Story BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US Children usually come into foster care as a result of abuse or severe neglect. Very occasionally, and sadly, it is a result of one or both parents becoming ill or even dying. When I was first asked to...

A BABY’S CRY

A BABY’S CRY

3 months in the top ten bestseller list! Top 20 bestselling biography of 2012 A True Story BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US When I was asked to foster a new born baby I was worried if I would remember how to look after a baby. I hadn't fostered a baby before and...

THE SADDEST GIRL IN THE WORLD

THE SADDEST GIRL IN THE WORLD

Top Ten Bestseller Biography bestseller list 2010 A True Story BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US Donna had been in foster care with her two young brothers for three weeks when she was suddenly moved to me with only a few hours notice. When she first arrived she...

PLEASE DON’T TAKE MY BABY

PLEASE DON’T TAKE MY BABY

No 1 Bestseller! 14 weeks in the bestseller charts! A True Story BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US I'd never fostered a pregnant teenager before - they were usually looked after by specialist 'mother and baby' carers. However, none was free when Jade (aged seventeen)...

WILL YOU LOVE ME? LUCY’S STORY

WILL YOU LOVE ME? LUCY’S STORY

No 1 in the bestseller charts, 11 weeks in the top twenty! A True Story BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US This is the story of my adopted daughter, Lucy, who came to me as a foster child and stayed for good. Lucy was born to a single parent who had herself been abused...

I MISS MUMMY

I MISS MUMMY

15 weeks in Top Ten! A True Story BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US I was expecting Alice to be brought to me by the social worker at any moment when the phone rang. It was the social worker, anxiously telling me that Alice had been snatched by her mother, and the...

SAVING DANNY

SAVING DANNY

TOP TEN BESTSELLER! A True Story BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US It was a dark cold winter's evening when I was asked to help in the search for little Danny. The social worker had gone to Danny's school that afternoon to tell him he was going into care and he'd run...

DAMAGED

DAMAGED

No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller , 4th bestselling memoir of the year, 2007, No 3 in the Top 50 Biography bestseller list 2010.  BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US Damaged is the true story of the relationship between Jodie and me. Jodie was the most disturbed and abused...

HIDDEN

HIDDEN

Top Ten Bestseller! 71 weeks in the bestseller lists. BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US Betrayed, exploited and forgotten. How one boy overcame the odds. A powerful and shocking memoir of a young boy whose good behaviour and excellent manners hid a terrible past. Tayo...

MUMMY TOLD ME NOT TO TELL

MUMMY TOLD ME NOT TO TELL

14 weeks in Top Ten Bestsellers BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US A true story 'Hello, Tracey,' I smiled. 'I'm Cathy, Reece's carer.' 'Is he staying with you now?' Tracey bellowed. 'He better be! I ain't 'aving 'im moved again, it's a bleeding disgrace. Them wankers!'...

ANOTHER FORGOTTEN CHILD

ANOTHER FORGOTTEN CHILD

No 2 in Bestseller charts! 4 months in the Top Twenty! BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US A true story When I first heard about Aimee I was horrified. The referral from the social services stated that Aimee kicked, bit her mother and pulled her mother's hair, and worst...

THE CHILD BRIDE

THE CHILD BRIDE

No2 in the best seller charts! BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US A true story I knew from the start that Zeena's story was going to be different. She was 14 and had asked to come into foster care. Although she was Asian she told the social worker she couldn't live...

THE SILENT CRY

THE SILENT CRY

No 1 BESTSELLER! A true story BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US When Laura, a new mother and a friend of mine told me she was feeling a little unwell I'd no idea she was really suffering from severe post natal depression. She refused to see a doctor and her husband...

CAN I LET YOU GO

CAN I LET YOU GO

No 2 in the bestseller charts! BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US It’s very sad when a mother can’t keep her baby but I had to be professional. Faye was gentle, childlike, kind and highly vulnerable. She suffered from foetal alcohol syndrome as a result of her mother’s...

GIRL ALONE

GIRL ALONE

No 2 in the UK best seller charts! BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US A True Story. Joss, aged 13, was angry and out of control when she came to live with me. Two previous foster carers and an aunt had tried but failed to help her. I had doubts I would do any better...

Novels based on true stories

MY DAD’S A POLICEMAN

MY DAD’S A POLICEMAN

A short story in the Quick Reads scheme (www.quickreads.org.uk) BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US Ryan is 12 and streetwise. He lives with his mother and younger brother, Tommy, on a large run-down council estate. Their mother is an alcoholic who can't look after her...

THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR

THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR

TOP TEN BEST SELLER BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US When Mandy, 23, learns her much-loved Grandpa is dying, she readily agrees to stay at her aunt's house to help nurse him. Although the journey to her aunt's is familiar, from all her visits as a child, when Mandy...

RUN MUMMY, RUN

RUN MUMMY, RUN

TOP TEN BEST SELLER BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US When Aisha, 29, an attractive and intelligent Asian woman, meets Mark - charming, handsome and successful, she knows she has met the man of her dreams. After a brief romantic courtship they marry, and Aisha is soon...

Self-help guides

HAPPY KIDS AND HAPPY MEALTIMES

HAPPY KIDS AND HAPPY MEALTIMES

"All you need to know on how to bring up children in the modern world. " BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US An important addition to every family home This book is Happy Kids and Happy Mealtimes together with a new updated introduction. Including: • Reasons why...

Happy Meal Times

Happy Meal Times

BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US For over 25 years I have been cooking meals not only for my own children but for the children I foster, many of whom arrived with the most appalling diets. Like most parents I am also very busy so I have become adept at providing...

HAPPY KIDS

HAPPY KIDS

The secret to raising well-behaved, contented children BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US In this clear and practical guide, I introduce you to the 3Rs, my incredibly simple and highly effective technique for bringing up well-behaved and happy children. Based on...

HAPPY ADULTS

HAPPY ADULTS

The Secret To Lasting Happiness And Contentment BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US Happiness is not an accident; we can make it happen if we know how. In simple, easy to manage steps, with lots of practical examples, and backed up by scientific research I show how we...

ABOUT WRITING AND HOW TO PUBLISH

ABOUT WRITING AND HOW TO PUBLISH

  BUY ON AMAZON UK BUY ON AMAZON US I've written this book in response to the many emails I've received from readers asking for help and advice with their writing. It is based on my thirty years writing experience, which has included many international...

Recommended order

The true stories can be read in any order but if you wish to read them in chronological order: Cut, The Silent Cry, Daddy’s Little Princess, Nobody’s Son, Cruel To Be Kind, The Night the Angels Came, A Long Way From Home, A Baby’s Cry, The Saddest Girl in The World, Please Don’t Take My Baby, Will You Love Me? I Miss Mummy, Saving Danny, Girl Alone, Where Has Mummy Gone? Damaged, Hidden, Mummy Told Me Not To Tell, Another Forgotten Child, The Child Bride, Can I Let You Go? Finding Stevie, Innocent, Too Scared To Tell, A Terrible Secret, A Life Lost, An Innocent Baby. Then The Girl in The Mirror, My Dad’s A Policeman, Run Mummy Run, Happy Kids, Happy Adults, Happy Mealtimes for Kids, and About Writing and How to Publish, can be slotted in anywhere as can my Lisa Stone thrillers.

Cathy’s books are available in paperback, e-book, audio, large print, and have been translated into PolishDanish, Norwegian, Czech, Portuguese, RussianSwedish, French, Italian,German, Japanese, Sinhalese, Hungarian, Turkish, and the Netherlands.